The Middle and Upper School students and faculty of Elgin Academy gathered on the quad in front of the Memorial Garden in two separate ceremonies to commemorate and remember the attacks that occurred 20 years before. Seth Hanford, Elgin Academy's Head of School, opened each ceremony by telling those who had gathered why they had chosen the location in front of the memorial garden dedicated to Andrew King, a 1977 Elgin Academy alum, who perished in the World Trade Center. His comments reflected on memories of Andrew and on what September 11th, 2001 and all the days that have followed should remind us. He suggested that on such a day of remembrance, we reflect on the individual and collective responsibility all of us share to create the world we want to live in.
During the ceremony, three members of the Elgin Academy faculty, Dan Raffety, Elizabeth Cooper-Mullin and Chris Roettger spoke about their experiences and memories on that day and three Elgin Academy students Jack Guyett, Brianna Suchyta, and Olivia Welsh read passages and poems. Videos of the ceremonies are posted below.
A little rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the Upper School students during their 21/22 Activities Fair last Friday. The many Upper School clubs were represented for new and returning students to check out. Thanks to all the students and faculty/staff who quickly moved this outdoor event indoors when the rain started to fall.
The sounds of students were back on campus and we couldn't be happier! August 25th we welcomed the new students in the Middle and Upper School for their New Student Orientation as well as students in our Lower School who were coming to meet their teachers and see their classrooms. August 26th was the first day of school for Middle and Upper School students with Lower School students returning on August 27th and our youngest students joining us on August 30th.